Course Title: Use engineering applications software

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: ISYS5662C

Course Title: Use engineering applications software

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: William Lau

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4703

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ganesh Naik

Phone: + 613 9925 4252


Olga Gredeskoul

Phone: + 613 9925 4392


Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers the use of computer application relevant to
engineering support work functions. It encompasses applying
user preferences, using application menus and tools, entering
and retrieve information, working with groups and transferring
and printing files.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED004B Use engineering applications software


1. Prepare to use computer applications

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood through established routines and procedures.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures in relation to computer and keyboard use are followed.
1.3 Application software and information required for use is obtained from appropriate sources.
1.4 On-screen instructions in relation to any anomaly such as a virus warning are followed.
1.5 Help menu is used to resolve any straightforward start up or access issues or anomalies.


2. Use engineering application software

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Techniques that apply to a particular software package are used to produce appropriate files.
2.3 Routine checks are made to ensure accuracy of information in accordance


3. Output information from an application

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Completed files are stored appropriately in accordance with enterprise requirements.
3.2 Files are printed for formal records and/or forwarded to others.


4. Shut down computer.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Files are named, arranged, saved and backed up in accordance with enterprise requirements.
4.2 Computer shutdown procedures

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

This unit shall be demonstrated using MATLAB computational software package which covers applications in Electrical and electronics engineering. This unit aims to enhance students engineering skills using this software package

Teaching Schedule


Week                                     Topic                                     Assessment
1 The MATLAB Environment overview 
2Basic Mathematical operations, variables, expressions and constants 
3Arrays. File basics.Lab 1 (5%)
4Vectors. Referencing vector components. Operations on vectors. 
5Defining a matrix. Basic operations with matrices.Lab 2 (5%)
6Plotting and Graphics. Basic 2D plotting 
7Formatting a plot. Electric signal simulationLab 3 (5%)
8Basic statistics using MATLAB 
9 Practice session, finalising labs 1 - 4Lab 4 (5%)
10 Introduction to programming. Writing functions. 
11Using selection and repetition statementsLab 5 (10%)
12Symbolic tools. Solving algebraic equations 
13Laboratory assignment final submissionLab 6 (10%)
14Working on Project 
15Project submissionProject (20%)
16Revision, pre-exam consultation 
17Final Practical ExaminationPractical Exam (40%)
Catch-up class, Results entry 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

David McMahon, MATLAB Demystified, A self-Teaching guide, 2007, McGraw-Hill 



Other Resources

Lecture notes, Laboratory exercises and other course material is available on the course Blackboard Website and the student network drive.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment in this unit will include: 

• Progressive practical assessment - laboratory exercises
• Written tests
• Engineering problem simulation projects

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: Laboratory exercises 40%

Assessment task 1 will be a set of tutorial and practical exercises. All these exercises need to be completed by week 13. The practical exercises are accumulative ones and will be graded on submission of all laboratory reports. These tutorial/practical exercises will be available on learning hub and student’s local drive.

Laboratory exercise-1:  5%
Laboratory exercise-2:  5%
Laboratory exercise-3   5%
Laboratory exercise-4   5%
Laboratory exercise-5   10%
Laboratory exercise-6   10%

Assessment task 2: Project 20%

MATLAB Project - Students will be required to work on a project based on the skills they learnt in previous weeks. The project will commence on week 13 or 14 and students need to demonstrate the working project and submit the reports by week 17. The project details will be provided on the learning hub and student’s local drive.

Assessment task 3 : Practical Examination 40%
A practical test will be held on week 18 based on all the learning aspects of these competencies.

This course is graded using the following course grades:

80 - 100:   CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79:     CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69:     CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59:     CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
  0 - 49:     NYC - Not Yet Competent
                 DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

 This competency ISYS5662C is delivered in conjunction with EEET6764C in the same cluster "Engineering Software".

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